Understanding the interactions between those in need of housing, the State-based housing agency responsible for the policy and/or delivery of housing, and the broader social and affordable housing network is seen as a significant step in identifying opportunities for improvement and innovation across Australia’s social and affordable housing systems.

The SBEnrc’s Mapping the Social and Affordable Housing Network research team are developing a series of network maps for Western Australia and Queensland to clarify the various elements of this complex system, in order to build understanding, effectiveness and transparency. The maps integrate asset and service elements (around a person-centred approach) across nine domains, including insights on demographics, typologies, social procurement, and funding and financing models.

The maps will be high level, but pragmatic for stakeholders involved in social and affordable housing policy, programs and delivery.

The results will provide valuable insights into the Australian social and affordable housing system and will assist with improving system productivity, effectiveness, efficiency and thus housing outcomes.”  –  Sue Ash AO

Workshops to test draft maps were held in Brisbane and Perth between May and July 2019, with maps reflecting the input currently being finalised. The team are now exploring the challenges and opportunities within the system, to better address the critical shortfall in social and affordable housing across many parts of Australia.

The SBEnrc’s CEO, Dr Keith Hampson has welcomed this important stream of research into the Centre’s growing portfolio of industry-driven initiatives.

Partnerships that improve the availability of social and affordable housing are a critical foundation of Australia’s society. SBEnrc prides itself on bringing together leading industry, government and research networks to inform policy in this area.”  –  Dr Keith Hampson, CEO, SBEnrc

This program of research is led by Dr Judy Kraatz from Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute with Sue Ash AO serving as Chair of the Project Steering Group. Professor Rachel Ong leads the team at Curtin University. The maps, an industry report and other research outcomes will be available on the project’s webpage in late March 2020.

11 November 2019